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Samsung HT-E6500 review

5.1 system with 3D Blu-ray and streaming galore

For all of its features and all-round treatment of 3D Blu-ray movies, the HT-E6500 is a surprisingly musical home cinema at this relatively low end of the market.

It provides further proof that Bluetooth streaming from a smartphone to a sound system is fine for everyday use – Apple AirPlay is an expensive luxury that most of us can do without.

Elsewhere the HT-E6500 leaves little to chance with an exhaustive feature list and user-friendly interface.

It's also worth noting that set-up is a cinch – just link-up the speakers, place a wired microphone in your listening position, and an auto calibration wizard takes a couple of minutes to accurately calibrate the system.

We liked

With a warm sound ideal for music and a punchy treatment of movie soundtracks, this 3D Blu-ray home cinema system is so much more than it first appears.

The convenience of Bluetooth streaming from a smartphone and that Smart Hub content – as well as a wide compatibility with digital files – make the HT-E6500 hard to resist.

We disliked

The remote control's arrow buttons and natural thumb position is way too far down the thing – almost at the bottom – and though we do like the glow-in-the-dark operation buttons for Blu-rays and digital files, it's an all-round pretty poor attempt.

Meanwhile, we couldn't stream MKV files over a network, we don't like the USB slot being stored under a flap on the front, and while the wired iPod dock works fine, it's slightly unnecessary (given Bluetooth) and should probably have been kept as an optional add-on accessory.

Audio-wise, the subwoofer isn't as responsive as it could be, and the overall build quality is certainly nothing to get excited about.

Final verdict

A fine all-in-one attempt that makes up for a flimsy build quality by chumming-up Smart Hub with fine 3D and movie sonics, though it's the nod to musos – via both Bluetooth streaming from a smartphone and a warm valve amplifier-led soundstage – that make this a standout option for a living room.

Also consider

Samsung also sells the HT-E5500, which does away with the valve amplification and uses slightly lower quality speakers.

The other three brands competing in this one-box 3D Blu-ray arena are LG, Panasonic and Sony, whose BH9420PW, SC-BTT190 and BDV-E290, respectively, are the closest in both spec and price.

At the time of writing only the HT-E6500 was available to buy, so comparisons weren't possible.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHome Theater System
Player/Recorder TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Speaker Configuration5.1
HDMIYes
Internet StreamingYes
RMS Output Power1000 W
iPod SupportedYes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
3D Type3D
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS HD
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesPMP Docking
ManufacturerSamsung
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, XviD, MKV, WMV, WMV2, WMV3, WMV7, WMV9, AVCHD, VC-1
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Frequency BandFM
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Operating Power Consumption127.70 W
Media FormatsBD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
Front Speaker Height279.91 mm
Front Speaker Width93.98 mm
Front Speaker Depth69.85 mm
Rear Speaker Height141.48 mm
Rear Speaker Depth68.33 mm
Rear Speaker Width89.92 mm
Center Speaker Height74.42 mm
Center Speaker Width359.92 mm
Center Speaker Depth68.33 mm
Subwoofer Height350.01 mm
Subwoofer Width167.89 mm
Subwoofer Depth284.99 mm
Number of HDMI Inputs2
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.5%
Total System Weight (Approximate)11.51 kg
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
Height63 mm
Width430 mm
Depth315 mm
Image FormatsJPEG HD
Audio FormatsMP3, AC3, WMA, AAC, CD-DA
Product ModelHT-E6500W
Product NameHome Theater System with Vacuum Tube & Digital Amp (HT-E6500W)
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-E6500W/ZA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Vacuum Tube and Digital Sound
Enjoy a more lifelike experience with Vacuum Tube and Digital Sound. Hear your favorite music for the first time with the innovation of analog and digital sound combined. It creates a truer, more immersive sound that digital alone cannot replicate. Samsung has brought wonder to your eyes, now it's time for your ears.

Samsung Smart Home Theater System
Full web browsers, cutting-edge TV Apps, all-new Signature services, processors and much more enhance the Home Theater Experience.

Remote ControlYes
Weight (Approximate)3.85 kg - Main Unit, 948 g - Front Speaker, 607.8 g - Rear Speaker, 880 g - Centre Speaker, 3.67 kg - Subwoofer